While Apple mainly focused on the iPad Air 2 at its keynote on Thursday, the iPad mini lineup did get a quick mention during the event. Not only was the third-generation iPad mini with Touch ID announced, but Apple fans also learned that the entire iPad mini family will stick around for at least another year. This is good news for bargain shoppers because the original iPad mini is now the most affordable tablet ever offered by Apple.
The original iPad mini will now be available starting at $249, which is $150 less than its original asking price. iOS fans looking for an affordable iPad Retina display option will be able to pick up the second-generation iPad mini for only $299. That's a $100 drop from its recent price tag of $399.
Target is offering discounts on select iPad mini and iPad Air models. The 16GB Wifi-only iPad mini is now available online for $199, and every model of the iPad Air is on sale staring at $449 for 16GB Wifi-only model, and $579 for the 16GB cellular model. That's $100 off the iPad mini and $50 off the iPad Air. REDcard holders can save an additional 5%. There is limited supply and a 2 iPad limit per customer. The sale ends on 08/23/2014 at 11:59 PM PST.
The deal is available online, except for the white 16GB iPad mini, and in-store. You can also reserve a model online at Target.com and pick it up at a retail location near you.
Wikipad has launched Gamevice.com for its new full spec MFi controller. The company originally announced that the portable controller would be available for Android and Windows 8 devices, but according to the website it only supports the iPad mini. This makes the Gamevice the first iPad mini-only controller released since Apple added MFi support in iOS 7.
The Gamevice features all the standard bells and whistles as other iOS controllers on the market. It is equipped with dual analog sticks, a D-pad, four action buttons and shoulder buttons. It comes in two separate pieces that cradle your iPad mini when attached.
Not to be outdone by Target, Best Buy is also offering the original iPad mini for only $199. That's $100 off the normal suggested retail price for Apple's 7-inch tablet. Just like Target, this deal is in-store only and does not apply to Best Buy's online store.
Best Buy is also offering a great deal for customers looking to buy a 4G LTE iPad Air. You can nab any cellular model iPad Air at the same price as the Wi-Fi only equivalent, as long as you are willing to agree to a new two-year contract with Verizon Wireless. This deal is similar to T-Mobile's Operation Tablet Freedom, which allowed users to upgrade their Wi-Fi only iPad model to any cellular model.
Yes, the first-generation iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display will support iOS 8. However, it is unknown at this time if the original iPad mini will feature reduced functionality due to hardware constraints.
All iPad models, except the original iPad, will support iOS 8 along with the iPhone 4s and later and the fifth-generation iPod touch.
Target is offering $100 off the original iPad mini for Father's Day. The deal is in-store only and there seems to be very limited supply. You can find out what locations have the iPad mini in stock by using your zip code here. You can also nab a 16GB Retina display model for only $369 (normally $399) from Target's online store or at any retail location.
The original iPad mini doesn't feature a Retina display, but it will support iOS 8 when the new OS is released this fall. This means the first-generation tablet still has a lot of life left in it making the Target sale very tempting for shoppers looking for a great deal on an older model iPad.
Chinese iPhone clones like the Goophone i5C or the HR2000 from Hero are nothing new, but no one has ever really copied the iPad mini, until now! Enter Xiamoi, who recently announced its new iPad mini look-alike the Mi Pad. The 7.9-inch tablet comes in an iPhone 5c array of colors and it is even built from the same "unapologetically plastic" as Apple's underachieving handset.
Unlike most copycats who prefer to distance themselves from Apple, Xiamoi has no problem admitting its new tablet uses the same materials as the iPhone 5c. The Mi Pad is powered by the new Tegra K1 processor and it runs Android with the MIUI UI atop it. It also features a 2048 x 1536 IPS display, an 8MP Sony rear-facing camera with an F/2.0 aperture, and a 5MP camera on the front.
Target is offering 15% off the first-generation iPad mini through its Cartwheel iOS app. You can also save an additional 5% when you use your Red card at any Target retail location. That's a total of 20% off the 16GB iPad mini, which makes it only $239. The Target Cartwheel deal ends on March 29, 2014, so you need to act now.
You can also save 10% on any iPad Air model with the app, and apply the 5% Target Red card bonus to any in-store purchases. Taking advantage of both discounts will allow you to nab a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for only $425. This deal also ends on March 29, 2014
"Tepid" sales and the long rumored iWatch could push the iPad mini 3 and Apple's 12-inch "iPad Pro" to the back burner in 2014. KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple will only concentrate and launch a second-generation iPad Air this year. Kuo says the new tablet will most likely feature Apple's updated A8 processor, Touch ID and a few minor improvements. The rumored 12.9-inch iPad will also be released in limited supply in 2015, according to Kuo's note obtained by Mac Rumors.
"Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9” iPad. As such, more resources will be allocated to these two products, which will affect the progress of the development of new iPad mini. All told, we think chances of the debut of a new iPad mini in 2H14 are slim. In addition, the 12.9” iPad is unlikely to be offered in 2014. For these reasons, we predict the only new iPad product in 2H14 will be the upgraded iPad Air."
Best Buy is holding a two-day sale for all iPad Air models and first-generation iPad mini models. The sale begins on Friday and ends this Saturday (01/25/14). You can save $50 on any iPad Air, and $30 on the original iPad mini. In addition, Best Buy is offering between $10 to $75 in credit for almost any electronic device you trade in. This includes laptops, digital cameras an so on... Certain tablets, gaming systems and mobile phones will nab you the highest amount.
The electronics retailer also has a variety of mobile phone deals running through February. You can get a Samsung Galaxy S 4 for free from Verizon on Friday and Saturday, and free through AT&T until Saturday, February 2. The 16GB iPhone 5s and 5c are $50 off and the 32GB models are $100 cheaper through February.